This weekend’s Sweet 16 began with two games that ended in opposite ways Thursday night.
The first East Region game between Kansas State and Michigan State was an overtime thriller that saw Kansas State come out on top, 98-93. Markquis Nowell continued his high level of play with 20 points and a career-high 19 assists, also an NCAA Tournament record.
The Big 12 Wildcats advance to the Elite Eight for the second time in five years.
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Unlike KSU-MSU, the first game of the West Region was a blowout. UConn ran Arkansas out of the gym, 88-65. The Huskies built a 17-point lead at halftime and never looked back. UConn advances to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2014, when they beat Kentucky to win the national title. And, yes, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman indeed kept his shirt on after the game.
The second East Region game saw Tennessee take on Florida Atlantic. Despite being 5.5-point underdogs, the Owls outscored the Vols 40-28 in the second half and ultimately came away with a 62-55 win.
The night ended with an absolute thriller that saw Gonzaga and UCLA trade 3-point buckets in the closing seconds as the Bulldogs pulled out a 79-76 victory.
Gonzaga ran the Kris Jenkins (@Smoove2you_) play for the win #MarchMadness @ZagMBB pic.twitter.com/GZe15EAbmQ— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 24, 2023
Friday’s slate of games features mostly higher seeds, though No. 15 Princeton will look to continue their Cinderella run.
Alabama and San Diego State will play the first South Region game in Louisville with tip-off scheduled for 6:30 PM ET. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Alabama is currently a 7.5-point favorite.
The second game in Louisville will be Creighton vs. Princeton. Creighton is the largest favorite of the day, with DraftKings Sportsbook showing them as 10-point favorites. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 PM ET.
Houston and Miami will play the first game of the Midwest Region, with tip-off scheduled for 7:15 PM ET. DraftKings Sportsbook is showing Houston as a 7.5-point favorite.
Texas and Xavier will be the final game of the evening, with tip-off scheduled for 9:45 PM ET. This matchup is the closest of the four, with DraftKings Sportsbook showing Texas as a 4.5-point favorite.
Tweet(s) of the Day
Tennessee as a top-4 seed in the NCAA Tournament pic.twitter.com/XUlrapc2KD— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) March 24, 2023
MARKQUIS NOWELL. ABSOLUTELY UNREAL.#MarchMadness @KStateMBB pic.twitter.com/iuih64m4Ex— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 24, 2023
What a game. pic.twitter.com/LZOlfziu7j— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) March 24, 2023
The Madness continues.
Florida Atlantic makes first Elite Eight, bounces Tennessee - ESPN
The Vols went six minutes during which they scored four points in the second half.
3-seed Gonzaga rallies past 2-seed UCLA, advances to Elite 8 - ESPN
Julian Strawther hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left, lifting Gonzaga to a wild 79-76 NCAA tournament win over UCLA in the Sweet 16.
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